I was walking along this trail at Cooper Marsh and, it being a little cool and windy out, didn’t have much in the way of expectations. Sure, the fall colours are pretty nice, but there’s not much left in the way of opportunities. The odd aster hanging in, of course, the occasional bird flitting by and scads of the wee red dragons zipping about, but not much else. Then this Shadow Darner came zooming in, landed on my arm, took off and had a little rest on a milkweed pod nearby. By the time I got over to it, it had taken off again, flown behind me and disappeared. Turns out it had landed on my back. Anyway, it took off again and I kept an eye on it as it flew down the trail. Sure enough, it came back and landed only a few feet from where I had the camera set up. And this time it stuck around for a bit.
If you compare it to this slightly older image, you can see the wings are a little frayed around the edges, the bright turquoise bandings on the abdomen have faded, but the beauty still remains.
Cooper Marsh Conservation Area, Lancaster, Ontario, Canada
October 9, 2010
Sony Alpha 700, Sigma 28 to 300 at 300 mm, circular polarizer
iso 100, spot metered, aperture priority F9.5, 1/60 second